Friday, March 21, 2008

Stephen D. Rogers

I never really wrote much poetry until a poem just came to me one night. I sold that to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and then went on to place another hundred and fifty poems, about a third of them mystery.

A thing I like about poetry is that it allows you to focus the reader. It's like the difference between a long inconclusive fight and a sharp blade to the belly. Despite all the blows that land in a fight, the blade has more impact. With a poem, the reader is less likely to get distracted by dialogue and action and subplots. What's there is real, and it's it.

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